Shots on Goal: Carolina’s Ward/Peters vs Boston’s Thomas
In a Monday afternoon matinee, the Boston Bruins cruised to a 7-0 shutout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the first game of a home and home series.
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It was just another day at the office for Tim Thomas (21-4-6) as he stopped 31 shots on the way to his league leading seventh shutout of the season. Carolina had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game such as the one on one between Thomas and Erik Cole pictured below, but Thomas had the net locked up tighter than a vault.
After the game Thomas spoke about the teams recent success and the confidence of the group in front of him,
“The team is doing the right things and getting rewarded…It’s nice, when it’s rolling you can see the confidence just builds and builds…earlier this year we were beginning to score but the confidence wasn’t building, but it looks like we’re getting that confidence now and we can score night in night out- not just two but four or five or as many as we need.”
Carolina and Ward (19-13-5) last visited Boston in the traditional day after Thanksgiving game and made the Bruins look like they were suffering from too much tryptophan by shutting them out 3-0.
Monday was a different story for Ward as he only lasted until 11:28 of the first period after giving up 3 goals on 6 shots, one of which was ruled a no goal.
Ward will be looking for redemption tonight as Coach Paul Maurice already has him penciled in as the starter.
Before being yanked, Ward played his 310th game for the Hurricanes, becoming the franchise’s all-time leading goaltender, surpassing Arturs Irbe.
Already saddled with a two goal deficit, Peters tried to come in and stop the bleeding, but to no avail as the Boston onslaught continued with five more goals.
Visibly frustrated, Peters took to tackling Bruins forward Blake Wheeler after he skated through the Carolina defense right to the crease. This was the first of Peter’s two penelties. The second was a roughing call when he shoved Patrice Bergeron to the ice after the whistle had blown. He got away with one as he tried to wrap up Boston rookie Tyler Seguin after Seguin’s late third period scoring attempt. (See photos below)
Look for a different Carolina team to show up tonight as the home and home series concludes.